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Iannone: “I wasn’t even pushing to the limit”

 Iannone: “I wasn’t even pushing to the limit”

A crash while battling for victory ends Andrea Iannone’s Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar on just the sixth lap.

Starting from the second row of the grid Iannone was confident of a strong race and hoping to repeat his 2015 podium at the Qatar GP. The incredible engine of the Ducati Desmosedici GP rocketed Andrea Iannone into the lead of the Qatar GP as the MotoGP™ World Championship ran down the straight for the first time. Remaining in control of the race until lap five, 'The Maniac' looked at ease, able to defend his lead until his Ducati Team teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, attacked him. Iannone attempted to respond on the sixth lap, but touched a white line at Turn 13, losing the front and crashing out from the first Grand Prix of the year. Although it was a disastrous end to the race for Iannone, he can at least take solace in the fact he set a new top speed record at the Losail International Circuit, achieving 351.2Km/h in Warm Up.

Even with the crash, which he was fortunatley unhurt in, Iannone confirmed that both he and the new Desmosedici GP are still podium challengers. Throughout the whole weekend he had been towards the top of timesheets and topped both Free Practice 2 and Free Practice 3. Round two of the MotoGP™ World Championship will take place in Argentina, the Termas de Rio Hondo also boasting an impressive kilometre long straight which should again suit the Ducati.

Andrea Iannone: “Today I had a good feeling and I was able to be quick right from the start. In the early laps I wasn’t even pushing to the limit when I touched the white line in the long right-hander: the bike suddenly went away from me and unfortunately I was unable to do anything to avoid the crash. It was a pity because I think we could have fought for an important result in this race. During the weekend we were always fast and in amongst the leading positions but unfortunately this error of mine took me out of contention. I am however happy with the potential of my Desmosedici GP and I am sure that in Argentina we will again be able to demonstrate how competitive we are.”

MotoGP, 2016, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, RAC, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team

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